GovConChat: The CVE, WOSB Sole Sources, GSA Schedule, & More

My friend Guy Timberlake of the American Small Business Coalition has launched GovConChat, which Guy described as a “candid and informative conversation with movers, shakers and thought-leaders from around the federal contracting community.”

Earlier this week, I joined Guy for a GovConChat segment.  We discussed several major changes that could be implemented as a result of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, as well as a recent court case holding that an offeror did not qualify for a GSA Schedule task order when the offeror’s affiliate (but not the offeror itself) held a GSA Schedule contract.  You can listed to our entire chat by following this link.

GovConChat is a great new resource to help contractors obtain perspectives from across the industry.  Go check it out, and let me know if there is a particular blog post–or other government contracts legal issue–that you would like to hear me discuss in a future segment.

Thank You, HUBZones!

I am back in Lawrence after a trip to the Washington area, where I spoke at the National HUBZone Conference.  My conference presentation focused on the special rules for joint venturing and teaming on HUBZone set-aside contracts.

Thank you to Mark Crowley and the HUBZone Council for inviting me to be a part of this year’s National HUBZone Conference.  Thank you also to the clients, old friends, and new connections who made the conference especially worthwhile.  And thank you, too, to all those who attended my seminar and asked so many great questions.

After speaking at four government contracts conferences since August, I am beginning to feel a bit like a road warrior.  My next conference travels will take me to Wichita, Philadelphia, and New Mexico.  If we haven’t connected at an event yet this year, I hope to see you there.

Thank You, Indian Country!

I am back in Kansas after spending two days at the Indian Country Business Summit in Norman, Oklahoma.  On the first day of the summit, I gave a luncheon keynote on legal updates in government contracting.  The second day, I gave a breakout session on prime/subcontractor teaming agreements.

My thanks to Carter Merkle, Dan Little Axe, and their colleagues for hosting this the summit and inviting me to speak.  A big thank you, as well, to all of the conference attendees for making the ICBS such a great event.

After a few weeks at home, I will be traveling to the Washington DC area for the HUBZone National Conference.  If you are a HUBZone firm, I hope to see you there.

Thank You, San Diego!

I am back in Lawrence after a trip to beautiful San Diego, where I spent three great days.

On Tuesday, I was part of the 2014 Navy Gold Coast conference, where I gave a presentation on GAO bid protests.  A big “thank you” to the Gold Coast organizers for inviting me to participate in one of the country’s premier events for small government contractors, and to the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center for helping coordinate my presentation.  Thank you, too, to all of the attendees for their courtesy and great questions.

On Thursday, I spent the morning at the offices of the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center, where I gave a seminar on joint venturing and teaming.  My thanks to Rachel Fischer, Luz Velasco, and the rest of the SDCOC for inviting me to speak and for hosting the event.  And of course, thank you to the attendees for being such a great audience.

If we didn’t connect in San Diego, there will be more opportunities on the horizon: I will be speaking at industry events in Oklahoma, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico in the coming months.

SmallGovCon Welcomes Amanda Wilwert

When I began SmallGovCon a little more than two years ago, I regularly blogged four to five times per week.  My friend Guy Timberlake told me “you’ll never keep up that pace.”

Guy was right.  These days, I am lucky if I have time to post more than twice a week.  More and more often, I’ve read a GAO decision, SBA OHA case, or new regulation that I wanted to blog about, but didn’t have the time.  So in the interest of ensuring that SmallGovCon stays true to its initial mission to frequently report on legal developments of note to small government contractors, I am very pleased to announce that Amanda Wilwert is joining me as a SmallGovCon co-author.

Amanda is an associate at Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird.  Like me, Amanda’s legal practice focuses on federal government contracts law.  Between us, we will begin covering more decisions, regulations, and other legal developments, and even add some new features to the blog.  So whether you’re a longtime reader or a more recent visitor, please join me in welcoming Amanda to SmallGovCon.

Thank You, Texas!

I am back in Kansas after a trip to Texas, where I spoke at the 18th Annual Government Procurement Conference.  My presentation provided an overview of recent legal developments of importance to small government contractors, as well as a look at potential changes on the horizon.  In between sessions, I met lots of engaging industry and government representatives in the exhibit hall and enjoyed listening to a great roster of speakers over lunch.

A big “thank you” to Gregory James and his team at the Cross Timbers Procurement Center for sponsoring this great event and inviting me to participate.  Thank you, also, to the many other speakers who shared their knowledge and guidance about a wide range of government contracting topics.  And, of course, a big thank you to the hundreds of government contractors, government representatives, and others who attended the conference.

August Events: TX, CA & OK

August will be a very exciting and busy month as I will be speaking at government contracting events in Texas, California and Oklahoma.

My first stop is the Government Procurement Conference in Arlington, Texas on August 6.  I will be giving a brief morning keynote on recent legal developments in government contracting, followed by an in-depth breakout session on the same subject.  My next stop will be sunny San Diego, California.  On August 12, I will be presenting a workshop on GAO Bid Protests at the Navy Gold Coast Conference.  I will stick around San Diego through August 14th, when I will present a session on joint venturing and teaming, sponsored by the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center.  My final August stop will be the Indian Country Business Summit in Norman, Oklahoma on August 26 and 27.  My workshop will focus on teaming agreements.

Please let me know if you will be at any of these great events.  See you there!